This month, I have the lovely and talented Krisna Starr joining me. Thanks for taking the time to meet with me, Krisna. So, inquiring minds want to know, what writers inspire you?
Lots of them 🙂 As a child, I used to love stories by Enid Blyton. All of her books, especially the Five Findouters series, are still in my ‘Favorites’ shelf. She kindled in me the urge to write stories. Terry Goodkind and J.R.R. Tolkien hooked me into the fantasy and magic genre. I also love the way Terry Pratchett tells his stories, full of humor, yet conveying profound messages. Then there are the modern authors – Julia Quinn (hilarious historical romance), Judith McNaught, Chanda Hahn, Suzanne Enoch, Chloe Neill, Jeaniene Frost, Nalini Singh….
LOL! I better stop before I fill your entire page with my list 😀
I suffer from a similar malady. Do you have other hobbies?
Besides books? I love to sleep (because then I can dream and create more stories 🙂 ) listen to music and do some handicrafts with my children. I also meditate every day in the morning. It kind of sets the tone for the day, filling it with a calmness and balance which is so important in today’s world full of stress and tension.
I hear you have a particular verb tense you prefer to write in. Is there a reason behind your choice?
As a reader, I’m more comfortable reading stories written in the past tense. So I use it for all my works. I think 1st person present tense might work well with short stories, but the few novels I’ve read written this way, seemed somehow a little awkward after a few chapters.
What can you tell us about your main character’s greatest weakness?
The main character in my novel, Dragons of Atlantea (working title) is Kiyara Rozen. She’s a crippled nephilim slave who has been abused all her life by her master’s daughter and her friends. So she has a deep-rooted fear of all people having power. She distrusts them without knowing the truth and this pulls her down in the story because she’s unwilling to trust the Oracle who’s trying to help her and the hero, an Immortal Dragon Prince.
But as the story progresses, she gets over her prejudices and works with them as an Elite Warrior and helps them save their realm.
Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
I think the most important thing about marketing is to get your book out there. Join communities where your target readers abound and build relationships. Twitter, FB, Wattpad (for YA) and Goodreads are all great places to connect to readers.
Offer free giveaways, ARCs, teasers and excerpts. Once they get to know your writing and love it, they’ll come back for more.
Thanks for joining this month, Krisna. It was great to get to know more about you and your writing.
Krisna is an avid reader and a lover of dragons, unicorns and all things magical. She divides her time between living in this world doing her day-to-day tasks, and the wonderful world of her dreams that is full of magic and fantastic creatures. Her current WIP, Dragons of Atlantea, Book 1 (working title), is set in the magical world of Atlantea where magic rules, dragons roar and angels soar in the skies.
Besides books, she enjoys spending time with her children, mediation/ yoga, music and watching animes on the net.